Social Democrat leader Löfven congratulating the outgoing LO president Lundby Wedin. Photo: Maja Suslin/Scanpix
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Löfven to unions: sick leave from day one not a priority

The leader of the Social Democrat Party, Stefan Löfven, has addressed the annual congress of Sweden's biggest union federation, LO.

Löfven is a former head of the IF Metall union - and another Metall top name, Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson  was on Saturday elected as president of LO.

The union federation has voted to work towards abolishing the "karens" days. These are the days at the start of an illness that a worker has to go without sick pay.

But Löfven says that this change is not a priority when his party draws up its plans. "I can't see right now any concrete possibility of living up to this demand" he said.

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